Sunday, April 06, 2008

Octopus sex includes flirting and fighting

Human mating behavior is not so different from an Indonesian octopus. The prelude can include flirting and passionate hand-holding, but it can get rough when macho males jealously guard a female's home and strangle rivals.

The photo above right shows octopus sex, including the males specialized mating arm. The secrets of octopus mating have been hard to uncover, since octopi are so secretive. The current study came as scientific voyeurs hovered over the homes of shallow reef octopus and watched until they had seen enough. Special secrets include small "sneaker" males that mimic females and try to slip past other males to get to a willing female.


Chrissy said...

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Chrissy said...

Hi Mark, replying to your post on my blog - the path through Devonian Harbour Park leads you to the start of Stanley Park Seawall Walk. You'll get some great view along the seawall and if I were you I'd definitely check out Stanley Park. You'll most likely see cherry trees along your way to Stanley Park. Davonian Harbour Park has some interesting sculptures..enjoy your stay in Vancouver. :o)

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